It has been a long time since I was moved with compassion like today. Perhaps, I have grown somewhat cold in my sensitivity. The danger for all believers is to become desensitized to the plight of humanity. To forget that others struggle through life and yet they seem to endure.
I watched a video by Carlos Whittaker, a worship leader, as he was filming for an upcoming album. As they were shooting their footage a homeless man named Danny walks up, kneels down and then begins to worship with Carlos. Their impromptu collaboration moved me to tears.
It took me back to the roots of my ministry. The days when I would spend hours a week on the streets of downtown Houston ministering to the down and out. Feeding the homeless, providing them coats and their necessities. Some of the most beautiful moments of my life were under bridges sharing the love of Christ with these men.
Watching Danny in the video reminded me of a man named Slim that I would spend time with every week. Slim always had a positive outlook and a deep love for God. My heart was touched by this song The God of Second Chances, because every one deserves a second chance. The banker in a suit or the homeless guy on 8th street. God is a God of Second Chances.
My heart is overwhelmed because I need to have more compassion. I need to be moved by the heart of God. Instead of going through the religious motions, my desire is to know the heart of God and please Him in all that I do. Maybe He is giving me a second chance. A chance to make impact in our church, community and world. No more calloused heart, but a heart that beats with Christ and for Christ!
Check out the video here. But beware, it may move you beyond words.